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I regard the analysis board as vital for correspondence play. I think its constant use has increased my tactical ability, which spills over into over-the-board play. In the old days I used to analyze by just pushing pieces around a physical board. The same thing, really; but the analysis board has the advantage of remembering a position for you while you go back-and-forth through a variation.
--Ricardo Morro, M.A. (English) and former English teacher (fond of philosophy, also)
The analysis bd here is better than nothing, and grossly inferior to any sort of DB or even chess playing program with many more options and features to sort out variations, sub-variations, etc and with an infinitely better GUI (OK I'm exaggerating - slightly) so you can see way more text/moves than you can in the relatively tiny little box that the analysis bd provides.
I used ChessPad (which is free and easy to use) until I upgraded to CB9, too bad I never heard of SCID (also free) at the time or I would've tried it first
It's no use to try to calculate further than you can calculate accurate regardless if your using the analyses board or not. At lower levels the variations is usually shorter and the higher you get the longer you can calculate. With that said I think it's of bigger value the better player you get. On the other hand I think I would lose less than 100 rating points if I would stop using the analyses board (and I use it a lot). It's usually not any long accurate variations that makes me win games, but more short variations with the correct plan in mind.
I don't know that I completely agree with this. Calculating many moves ahead (even if not totally accurate) can give you a clue as to if your strategic plan is viable or not. Calculating these sample variations often give you good picture of the general contours of the game's future even if you never reach the exact positions you looked at.
I think you are correct, looking at lines not 100% accurate can be good. I was mostly referring to avoiding blunders and variations with blunders. Usually the analyses after the blunder is worthless, but if the final position can be reached in a similar way or the evaluation of the final position makes the line worthless it might not be worthless to analyse further. I think generally speaking it is more important to calculate accurate then to have the best plan, but I stand corrected, analyses mustn't always be totally accurate to have a value.
If you write down the variations you look at, you can go back over them and refine them. Paul Keres recommended never moving on the same day you receive a move in correspondence chess. Today, it's easy to keep excellent notes.
If you use the analyse board but forget to write anything down, it will be hard to recreate that analysis the next time you need it. Use the analysis as a way to have an in-depth conversation with yourself about the game!
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